Want to be more efficient about doing your kid’s hair with greater results? You’re in luck- we’re all sharing what we see is the most valuable tips, ideas, and products to make doing kids’ hair as pain-free as possible! Enjoy our convo on the best kids hair hacks!
First off, Jennica’s tips:
Hair Supply Organization
I have a drawer in my kitchen where we store all the hair necessities, (also coloring necessities)… so they are right where we need them! While my kids are eating their breakfast it is the perfect time for me to knock out their hair-choice. We have some busy-bodies at our house who don’t like to hold still! See if you can de-clutter a little space in your kitchen to allow for a hair station– you won’t be sorry. My girl’s bows often land on the floor in our main living areas, so it makes it that much easier to put them away too!
I bought a couple packs of bulk bows on Amazon and it has been sooo nice! I love feeling like we have the right bow to match their outfit each day, they all slide in easily and it was so inexpensive to stock up this way! These bows were around $0.40 a bow. My hanging technique is not anything special, but it was easy and cheap! If you want something super cute for under ten bucks that’s done, check this one out!
A pro hair-dresser recommended this detangler for myself, and it does a great job for my daughter and I. When my seven-year-old’s long semi-curly hair gets impossibly tangled, I know just a few sprays of 25 Benefits by Redkin can handle it. I last bought it on Amazon in little trial sized bottles which was cheaper per ounce and more convenient to have one in each bathroom and more!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the Wet brush, right? It is pretty amazing for brushing wet hair easily. I cannot do without my duo sided brush though! The boar-bristled side is a must for the smooth ponytail look.
A tip I recently discovered: Spray the hair with hairspray before combing hair back in the ponytail. Then hair spray the hair once again once secure, and that “well-kept” look lasts longer!
We also love the sponge-y Velcro curlers for sleeping in- my daughter doesn’t even notice them and her hair turns out darling. The curls last really long too and it only takes a few minutes to roll all of her hair into 4 curlers. Win!
I think the Pony Pick is such a great idea for getting elastics out without damaging their hair- I didn’t end up using it a lot– it’s one more thing for me to grab! But– for when their hair is wet… I really love having it handy for those times! I like how it comes in a pack of three and I really liked the elastics it comes with. I’ve never tried that kind and those bigger, smooth elastics are actually a lot easier to get out than the ones I usually buy! They also hold up well and don’t break. Win- win.
When I found out I was having a daughter nine years ago, I instantly imagined all the bows I would bestow on her head. From the moment she was born her darling black head of hair was accessorized with a BIG bow. But what do you do with all the bows in a tight space? I bought a bird cage, spray painted it pink and orange to match her room, added some ribbon and now- it’s a unique bow holder.
As my daughter aged, (insert tears here) she transitioned from bows to headbands. I purchased some dollar containers and keep all the headbands in a safe, contained place in our beauty salon station.
We too use the little elastics- but I hate the loose mess of the little rubber elastics. I discovered using a daily pill organizer from the pharmacy was the perfect solution to contain the madness and keep the elastics color-coordinated (which is a must!). Not to mention, when it was time to go out of town- the pill box is always filled and ready with the elastics for our trip. A total win- win for us! Now pair the pill box with the Pony Pick and this makes taking out my daughter’s hair from yesterday a lot easier.
Pros of the Pony Pick:
1.) Easy to hold and maneuver tool.
2.) With a pointy edge on one side and the blade on the other- there’s almost no accidental cuts.
3.) Easily slides the elastic over the plastic piece.
4.) Built in blade, no scissors!
1.) Can easily clip hair off with the elastic. **Experience has taught me to lift the elastic away from the head (making sure there aren’t any stray strands). Then slide the tool and clip the elastic with the blade.
My kids have curls for days. I am in love with their curls, but it definitely takes a lot of work to manage. All three of my kids have different curl patterns, which means different products work for each of their hair. Today I will focus on just the girls.
My oldest girl has 4C hair, which means her curls are very tight and her hair gets dry easily. The best thing for her hair has been to keep it in a protective style. This means that I keep her hair braided or twisted to help it maintain the most moisture and to keep it de-tangled. I have had the most success with the LCO method. LCO stands for Liquid, Cream, Oil. I spray her hair with a water/conditioner mix, put a leave in conditioner in and use our favorite hair oil to seal in the moisture. Then put it into a protective style.
Our favorite accessory to help keep her hair in the protective style have been our Gabby Bows. These are barrettes that are specially designed to not fall out of the hair. I can’t even tell you how many barrettes we lost before finding gabby bows! They are super cute and they stay in really well.
My youngest girl has the loosest curls of all my kids. Her hair is fairly easy to do, but I have to do it a lot more often than my older girl because it doesn’t stay in styles for as long. I usually use the water/conditioner spray bottle, leave in conditioner, and Blue Berry Bliss edge control for her edges. We use A LOT of small elastics on her hair. I found an awesome tub of elastics on Amazon. It comes in it’s own container and there are a lot so they last us a long time.
Because we use so many elastics, the Pony Pick has become a MUST in our house. Before using the Pony Pick, I used to just break the elastics with my hand, which always resulted in pain in my palm when they broke. Not ideal. The Pony Pick makes it so easy to take out the elastics. The Pony Pick is the perfect size and fits perfectly in the tub of elastics. This way I always have easy access to it.
My kids hair routines could be a post in and of itself, but for now these are the basics that help keep their hair styled and growing.
While meandering through Target, I came across the laundry storage aisle and found the perfect way to organize all of our girls hair stuff: a hanging closet accessory organizer.
The Ultimate Sorting Solution
With an entire house full of girls (sorry hubby) we have an undeniable love for hair bows. Our girls could wear headbands, bows, flowers, or any other sort of embellishment in their hair every single day of the week whether I actually do their hair or not. And with such a crazy amount of accessories, we needed the mother of all organizational solutions to keep it all in one spot!
We have all our flowers and bows that use an alligator-type clip (or similar) clipped onto the various pockets. The larger lower pockets hold our mini barrettes container, rags for “rag curls”, hard plastic headbands and our GIANT stash of elastics. The back of the organizer has these great Velcro loops that are perfect for hanging headbands as well. To the left of our organizer, we have two additional ribbon organizers for the larger bows with French Barrette style clips. These are so easy to make yourself for only a dollar or two if you don’t already have a spool of ribbon on hand!
Aside from the amazing Pony Pic the ladies mentioned above, we have a few favorite hair products that make our life a little easier in the mornings:
- This 360* mist spray bottle is a hair styling game changer! It sprays a fine mist-like continuous spray that works so well to get good even coverage when I’m styling my little girls’ hair. No more super-saturated uneven hair!
- We have a bunch of different combs that we use for various hair styles, but these two are my favorite. The little one has very fine teeth on it that really helps with the fly-aways for those more detailed styles. It even works great for fine baby hair on our 13 month-old! The Conair rat-tail comb is great for our bigger girls. The unique teeth on the comb are great for every hair style and the tail is perfect for precise parting.
- Anyone who uses any type of hot tool NEEDS to have a quality heat protectant. This Sebastian Trilliant one is a definite must-have. It works extremely well, smells AMAZING and can double as a beautiful shine spray. Win! You can find it through your local stylist at Cosmoprof or at Ulta. (I usually stock up during Ulta’s Big Hair Sale for buy two get one free.)
Do you have little fashionistas who love having their hair done? What are your favorite hair hacks? Be sure to share them with us using the hashtag #mommyconvos over on Instagram or Facebook.
The Mommy Convos Team